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Respiratory Therapy

Santa Monica College/East Los Angeles College Respiratory Therapy Program

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Prospective Respiratory Therapy Students

Enroll in RT 1- Spring 2017!  The East Los Angeles / Santa Monica College (ELAC/SMC) respiratory program has made modifications to the program admission criteria.

Effective Fall 2017, the program admission prerequisite requirements have changed to the following:

  • Anatomy 1
  • Physiology 3
  • Chemistry 10 or 19**
  • Microbiology 1
  • English 1
  • Communication studies, 11 or 35 or 37 
  • Math 18 or 20
  • RT 1*

*Strongly advised to be taken before application to the program.

*Strongly advised to be taken before application to the program.
**Newly added Chemistry 19, can be taken in lieu of Chemistry 19. Recommended for allied health students like respiratory therapy students.

RT 2 will no longer be a required prerequisite to admission to the program, instead, admitted students will take RT 2 in the fall of semester of the first-year of the program. 


Application period opens February 1, 2017: Download Respiratory Therapy Application

The ELAC/SMC program will be accepting new applications from February 1, 2017 to August 12, 2017.  Upon meeting the prerequisite requirements for admission, an application for admission can be submitted at either ELAC or SMC RT offices. The respiratory therapy program admits 50 students annually between both the ELAC and SMC campuses. 

Attend an RT information session
Santa Monica College in partnership with  East Los Angeles College offers a unique consortium program, pooling resources and faculty from both community colleges making it one of the best programs in the state of California and the nation.


Santa Monica College
Bundy Campus, Room 318
3171 S. Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 434-3453

About the Program

Why pay over $40,000 at a for-profit school when you can have the best of both worlds... Great education, excellent clinical rotations at places like RRUCLA, LAC+USC, or Kaiser for only a fraction of the cost.

Learn more about what Respiratory Therapist do. 

Some say, "it's like being a nurse, right?" 

We don't have a show like Grey's Anatomy or Nurse Jackie, and during a medical emergency like a "code blue," all you will hear the physician say is "page RT..." 

Interested in what Respiratory Therapist do? Learn more, it might be the health career you have been searching for.

Program Accreditation

The ELAC/SMC program is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Fax: 817-354-8519
Programmatic Outcomes Data:

The Respiratory Care Board of California
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA  95811
Main Telephone: (916) 323-9983
Toll Free in California (866) 375-0386
Fax: (916) 323-9999